Ilona Niemi

CV

CV / ILONA NIEMI
Lives and works in Salo, Finland
ilonatic@hotmail.com
www.ilonaniemi.com

EDUCATION
2004- 2007 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, MFA
1997-2001 Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, BA (Hons) Fine Art
1994- 2000 Åbo Akademi, Turku, Finland, MA (English language and literature)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Poison, The Smart Gallery, Aberdeen
2012 Eye Candy, Artists’ Bar9, Helsinki
2011 Kukkuluuruu, Salon Taidemuseo Veturitallin torni, Salo
2011 Fun in the Sun, The Foyer, Aberdeen, UK
2011 Garden Work, InON Design, Helsinki
2010 Cuts, Galleria Å, Turku
2009 Once upon a Time, Galleria Maaret Finnberg, Turku
2007 Leikkihuone (Playroom), Turun Kuvataidekoulun galleria
2007 Let’s Play Happy!, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois
2007 Album, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois
2006 Hospital of Happiness, New Art Center, New York
2006 Isolation Tank, The Drake Hotel, Chicago
2003 Pearl Necklace, Raatihuoneen Galleria, Turku, Finland
2002 All Shook up, The Foyer, Aberdeen, UK
2001 The Wildboar, Aberdeen, UK
1999 Vanha Raatihuone (with David Graham during the Taiteiden Yö, Nights of Arts), Turku, Finland

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2013
PlayPark, art event organised by The Smart Consultants, Aberdeen

2012
Mark Making, The Foyer, Aberdeen, UK
Fresh Cream, Teijon Masuuni, Teijo
Art Papers Art Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta
Hambidge Art Auction and Performance Gala, Rabun Gap, GA

2011
Art Papers Art Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta

2010
Micromentalists,
Howl Gallery, Fort Myers, Florida
Turun taide- ja antiikkimessut
, Turku
Art Papers Art Auction
, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta

2009
Muovista kristallia
, Ars Aarras, Uusikaupunki
- Kanneltalo, Helsinki
Turhan tärkeys,
Turku Art Museum (curated by Mia Haltia), Turku
Art Papers Auction
, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta
The Sketchbook project
, Art House Gallery, Atlanta
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC; Antena Gallery, Chicago; 3rd Ward, New York etc.

2008
Kotijoulu, Galleria Titanik, Turku
Micromentalists
, Lulubell Toys, Tucson, Arizona
Punainen täplä, Salon Taidemuseo Veturitalli, Salo
Art Papers Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, USA

2007
New York, New York 2007, McCormack Gallery, New York
DIY Deck Show, Drive Gallery, St Louis
Art Process, Trapani, Italy
Micromentalists, Gallery Fifty50 and Butcher Shop/Dogmatic, Chicago
Le papier (part) deux, Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago
In Their Own Words, End Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University and Merchant’s Warehouse, Manchester, UK
Drawing Game (D.I.C.K.), New Harmony Contemporary Gallery, New Harmony, Indiana
Art Papers Art Auction, Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2006
Contemporary Portraits Exhibit, Mad Art Gallery, St Louis (with Jess Dewes and Stefene Russell)
Drawing Game (D.I.C.K) with David Graham, Cheonae Kim and Kelly Sim, Vergette Gallery, Carbondale
Visual Chat, with Cheonae Kim, PPP4, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale
York Freedom Auction (organized by University of York in support of CAMFED, the Campaign for Female Education in Africa), Bishopthorpe Palace, York, England
MFA Preview Show, University Museum, Southern Illinois University
Snap to Grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California
Threshold, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale

2005
Holiday Show, Mark Palmer Gallery, Paducah, Kentucky
Space Invaders, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois
Up Your Gary Glitter! with Kelly Sim and Matt Carter, Upside Downtown, Carbondale, Illinois

2004
New Graduates’ Exhibition, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois
Scopeoholic, Surplus Gallery, Carbondale, Illinois
Fighting back, arranged by Amnesty International, MotoAzabu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Gaslight Gallery, Mougins Village, France
Group show, 21m2 Visningsrum, Stavanger, Norway

2002
ArtRatikka, Helsinki
BP Portrait Exhibition, The National Portrait Gallery, London

2001
A6-Show, Lewisham Art Gallery, London
New Generation Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
Degree Show, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen
Aberdeen Artist’s Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
The Royal Scottish Academy Students Exhibition, Edinburgh
A5-Project, Peacock Printmakers, Aberdeen

2000
Aberdeen Artist’s Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
British Airways Exhibition, Aberdeen Airport
LIKE-works, The Premier Café, Aberdeen
Marking Time Exhibition, Aberdeen University, Aberdeen

AWARDS AND OTHER RECOGNITION
2011 SSO:n vuoden taiteilija, Salon Taidemuseo ja SSO
2010 Artist’s Grant, Varsinais-Suomi Arts Council, Turku
2009 Artist of the Year 2010, Turku Artists’ Association
2007 Saatchi online Top Ten chosen by Ana Finel Honigman, 22 – 30th January, 2007
2006 Best in Show, South of France competition organized by myartspace.com (jury: James Cavello, President and Co-owner of Westwood Gallery, NY; Jaye Adams, artist; Christian Benedetto Jr., CEO, art collector)
2006 Travel scholarship, SIUC, Carbondale
2004-2005 Master’s Fellowship, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
2003 Artist’s Grant, Piikkiö Council, Piikkiö, Finland
2002 Varsinais-Suomi Artist’s Grant, Varsinais-Suomi Arts Council, Turku, Finland
2001 RSA Painting Prize, Maclaine & Watters Medal, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2001 Visual Awards, First Runner up, Scottish International Education Trust, Edinburgh
2001 John Kinross Scholarship for a residency in Florence, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
1998 Ede and Ravenscroft Award, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Åbo Akademi, Turku
Salon kaupunki / Taidemuseo Veturitalli
The University Museum, SIUC, Carbondale, IL
The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

PUBLICATIONS & OTHER PRESS
’5 minutes with Ilona Niemi’, 2013, Flux Video, vimeo.com
‘Made by’, 2013, interview with Finnish Institute, London
‘Mieluisinta on käsillä tekeminen, kuvataiteilija Ilona Niemi kolmastoista SSO-stipendin saaja’, Veli-Matti Henttonen, Salon Seudun Sanomat, 17.11.2011: 14.
‘Kiiltävän pinnan alla kuohuu, kuvataiteilija Ilona Niemen töissä kohtaavat synkkä ja kaunis’, Mari Areva, Salon Seudun Sanomat, 22.5.2011: 10.
‘Perhosiin kätkeytyy totinen tarina’, Lasse Raitio, Turun Sanomat, 14.11.2010: 24.
‘Keskeneräisyys on pysyvää, Ilona Niemen taiteessa kauniin takana on synkkää’, Aamuset, 13.11.2010: 16.
‘Vakavaa ja kepeää rinnakkain’, Nina Suni, Turun Sanomat, 30.11.2009
‘Kesän taidetarjonta antaa aihetta ylpeyteen’, Yle, Turku, Katja Kaartinen, 17.6.2009
’Turhuus ja tärkeys edellyttävät toisiaan’, Hanna Lamnaouer, Turun Sanomat, 15.6.2009: 23.
‘Saa nauraa’ (Allowed to Laugh), Marko Säynekoski, TS Treffi, 17.10.2007: 11
‘Momento Mori’ by Paul Friswold, Riverfront Times, 3rd Aug., 2006: 27
‘Ison tytön leikit’ by Mia Tykkyläinen, Turun Sanomat, 28th May, 2003
Guest in Vieraskirja, Turku Television, May / June, 2003
‘Kauniit naisenkasvot uhan ympäröiminä’ by Ritva Setälä, Kunnallislehti, 24th May, 2003: 6
‘Alumni Focus: Ilona Niemi (Fine Art 2001)’, RGU Alumni Review, 2002

PRINTED CATALOGUES AND BOOKS
2011 500 Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London
2007 In Their Own Words, Sheffield, UK
2004 Fighting Back, Amnesty International, Tokyo
2002 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, UK

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Turku Artists’ Association, Board Member 2003-2005, Exhibition’s Board member 2005-2007, Finland
GAPP, SIUC, Carbondale
Micromentalists, Chicago

ART RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:
2009-2010 Art teacher, Turku University Teacher Training School, Turun Normaalikoulu
2007 (Summer) Exhibitions Coordinator, Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland
2006-2007 Instructor on Record, Drawing 3 (Figure drawing), SIUC, Carbondale
2006-2007 Slide Library Assistant, SIUC, Carbondale
2005 (Autumn) Instructor on Record, Drawing 1 (Still life drawing), SIUC, Carbondale
2005-2006 (Autumn– Spring) Graduate Assistant in 2D Foundations, SIUC, Carbondale
2000-2001 Part-time Arts Tutor, Northfield Community School, Aberdeen, Scotland
1995-1997 Supply Teacher in art and languages, Piikkiö Secondary School, Piikkiö, Finland

PUBLISHED WRITING
Reviiri, 2011, V-S Taidetoimikunta, Turku
Julie Nord, Art Papers, March / April, 2011: 59
Alexander Reichstein, Art Papers, March / April, 2008: 70
Karin Mamma Andersson, Art Papers,  Jan. / Feb., 2008: 55
Mari Sunna, Art Papers, Sept. / Oct., 2007: 73
Christine Borland, Preserves, Art Papers, May / June, 2007
David Shrigley, See This and More, Art Papers, May / June, 2007
Jan Fabre, Bronzes, Art Papers, November / December, 2006: 70
Perfect, Art Papers, July / August, 2006: 73
Humor Me, Art Papers, May / June, 2006: 60
Light Treatment, Art Papers, March / April, 2006: 73
Girls’ Night out, Art Papers, March / April, 2006: 71-72